Saturday, October 4, 2008

Epsom Salts for your gardens

Here is another great inexpensive natural helper for our gardens. You can find it at your local grocery store.


Studies show that magnesium and sulfur, two components of Epsom Salt may:
  • Help seeds germinate
  • Make plants grow bushier
  • Produce more flowers
  • Increase chlorophyll production
  • Improve phosphorus and nitrogen uptake

Garden usage tips.

  • Houseplants: 2 tablespoons per gallon of water; feed plants monthly.
  • Tomatoes: 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks.
  • Roses: 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks. Also scratch 1/2 cup into soil at base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth. Soak unplanted bushes in 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt per gallon of water to help roots recover. Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to each hole at planting time. Spray with Epsom Salt solution weekly to discourage pests.
  • Shrubs (evergreens, azaleas, rhododendron): 1 tablespoon per 9 square feet. Apply over root zone every 2-4 weeks.
  • Lawns: Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a spreader, or dilute in water and apply with a sprayer.
  • Trees: Apply 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet. Apply over the root zone 3 times annually.
  • Garden Startup: Sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting.
  • Sage: Do not apply! This herb is one of the few plants that doesn't like Epsom Salt.
The above information is from the following website:

Epsom Salt Industry Council

Like your body, your plants will suffer from a lack of nutrients. Just a spoonful of Epsom Salt is like a multi vitamin, and can prevent weak stalks and yellow leaves. And for big, healthy vegetables, sprinkle Epsom Salt around the base of each plant.

Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is a mineral plants need for a stronger root structure and to facilitate the uptake of chlorophyll. Its use is advocated by many master gardeners and landscape professionals.

The above was taken from:

Epsom salts

You can't overuse Epsom salts, because unlike many fertilizers, they don't build up in the soil over time.

Seattle Times

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady


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